Unfamiliar with the Bible?

All the truths written about in this blog come from common sense, human conscience, the witness of the Holy Spirit, and faith in the Bible as the word of God.  As to this last element, the purpose of the blog is to proclaim the truth of God, not teach the Bible.  This difference is subtle but important.  The truths proclaimed here do indeed come from the Bible, but they point toward Jesus Christ…not back toward the Bible.  Think of it this way: Jesus confronted His religious critics with this challenge (paraphrased from John 5:39-40), “You study the Bible because you think it brings you eternal life, but the Bible itself bears witness to Me – and you are unwilling to come to Me to receive the eternal life!”  Therefore people who cling to the Bible but miss God, miss the point.

Therefore, the Bible and this blog point in the same direction – to God.  The blog succeeds as people connect to their God, not as they become students of the Bible.  This is why you do not see constant references to chapter and verse throughout the posts.  Alas, it is quite possible to become a Bible student without being devoted to God, and I hope this never happens to you.  On the other hand, it is possible to become devoted to God without being a Bible student.  Thus my prayer is that you become devoted to God, and I care not how much you read the Bible.  It is very hard in modern life to find adequate time to study a great document of antiquity.  On the other hand, serving God is as possible in modern times as it was in ancient times.  In fact, if you believe in Jesus Christ and live before Him with a clear conscience, His Holy Spirit will guide you into all the truth you need to please Him in this life.  You will be hearing and acting upon the word of God in your heart; you will personify the truths in the Bible.  The same Holy Spirit who inspired the Scriptures will be inspiring you.  Without your reading a page.

Even though God lays down no requirement for people to read the Bible, however, some of you will want to do so anyway.  And who am I to blame you, for I myself love the Bible and consider all other books as rubbish when laid alongside it.  The pivotal moment in my life occurred when I began reading it in 1978, and I plan to be studying it every single day for as long as I remain on the earth.  Therefore, while I implore you to love Jesus Christ and do not implore you to read the Bible, I will provide you help if you want to read and study the Bible.

Toward this end, I have created a companion blog of Bible notes for those of you who want to know more about the Scriptures, and who want to read and study them for yourselves.  Some of you know hardly anything about the Bible; others feel quite comfortable with it and want to see if what I write is consistent with it.  I will try to serve both groups, even though for the former it may sometimes seem too advanced and for the latter it may sometimes seem too elementary.

Again, this blog you are reading, A Scriptural Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom, exists to make known Jesus Christ so that all may walk with Him in the power of His Holy Spirit.  I lay no burden on you to read or study the Bible.  I expect only a minority of this blog’s readers will want to do so.  However, if you are one of them, I provide you this companion site:  Bible Notes for a Scriptural Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

49 Replies to “Unfamiliar with the Bible?”

  1. After reading Gantt’s “A NonChurchgoer’s Guide To The Bible”, I decided to contact him re my ‘little’ take on “Why the Bible” (One of my writings in my ‘The Says of Simon’). Can’t find a free e-mail address to send him a copy. As I say in the referenced brochure I printed, everything is copyrighted by the Holy Spirit, and unwritten approval is accepted.

    I am a retired engineering manager (1995) that came to the Lord late after His 2X4 of prostate cancer (1996).

    Thanks

    Ken Simon

  2. Just felt I wrote this to readers similar to Gantt’s ‘Unchurched’ and thought it might interest him.It is of course “more religious” as it assumes the Bible is from God.
    So just a F.Y.I. to use or discard as desired.
    IHN
    Ken Simon

    WHY THE BIBLE ?

    God operates in the world he created using the ways and things of His creation. He communicates to man through the eyes, ears ,brains and spirit He gave us.

    When men had no written language, God communicated through their awareness of His world around them. Each man would embellish on others’ perception of Him with spirit guided selection. In the same way men wrote down spirit guided communications from God, necessarily using the style (language), vocabulary and cultural references of the life of the chosen author.

    Over time man accumulated many written thoughts and ideas. Those about God have been sorted and filtered through a process of “natural selection” by His spirit working in men.

    Similarly, the more important communications God wants us to know have been assembled and propagated through His use of the same spirit. This is why we refer to the bible as God speaking to us . Not only did His Spirit guide the original authors and those responsible for selecting the canons but continues to guide each reading of these verses by all of His children.

    My observations on the source of the bible follows:
    As I read I am continually finding threads of the same truths throughout the bible. Expressed in different ways by different people in different circumstances at different points in time– BUT all amazingly connected and evidencing the same truths!

    Did “man” throughout the centuries of authorship logically (and cunningly) embellish the same original themes? Did “man” in his purpose carefully choose or select only those writings consistent with his desired story? OR did GOD implement His plan to inform His creation of His truths use His Holy Spirit to guide each author and each selector of the canons?

    I find the latter much easier to believe!

  3. “All the truths written about in this blog come from common sense, human conscience, the witness of the Holy Spirit, and faith in the Bible as the word of God.”

    Bold faced lie. Common sense tells you that “Joshua was not God, nor “a god.”
    Human conscience testifies to Him being a man, as also states the prophets….ALL OF THEM!
    The Holy Spirit testifies to Truth, not the “English version of the Bible,” nor any other Bible, but the True Holy Writ that was penned in Hebrew. And the “Septuagint,” was written by a heretical sect of Jews, that even the apostles themselves warned against.

    “For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.”

    Paul was writing this about the writers of the Septuagint. Which even ALL archaeologists and scholars date this “material” to “after Christ….not before.” Seminary school did nothing for you.

          1. EVERYWHERE. ITS all over the Bible.

            72 times, His Name appears in the Hebrew texts, because Jews thought it was blasphemy to use His Name “repetitively,” so they started calling Him “Adonai” in other places.

              1. You search it out. It is written, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to Hayah must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

                1. What does that have to do with naming the “source (book) documents [that documents] your assertion that ‘the Septuagint was written by a heretical sect of Jews’?” If you don’t name a source for this claim, I have to assume you don’t have a source.

                  1. Stud, you need to go search the “Allepo Codex.” The most accurate source to the true writings of the OT known on the face of the planet. The Septuagint is not, has been rejected over and over again, and is only 35% accurate. You do any search on it, and you will find my “statements” are 100% accurate. And you are awfully full of pride, to think that “you have an audience.” Dont ever say “we.” You are one person, and you have very “few readers.”

                    1. Really? Seeing as how the “Septuagint” is not even accurate, its Latin, and none of the apostles wrote it? Wow, you are they which rebel at the Commandment of Hayah, so you might seek after reward. Hayah has already judged you my friend, and you are too blind to see it.

  4. I guess nobody bothered to tell you that the Septuagint was written in Latin, which wasnt spoken among the Jews until AFTER Christ.

      1. Its called “testing all things.” Do it, because Christ Joshua commanded you to, but you wont, because you serve a pagan “Jesus god.”

          1. He told me. I double checked it by looking up the Hebrew. And its obvious He has never spoken to you, or you wouldnt be asking such an asinine question.

            1. So you’ve never gotten your doctrine from reading a book or a web site? Yours is such a strange view, I’m wondering where you got it. You’re telling me that God (if that’s what you mean by “Hayah”) told you when you were reading an English Bible to distrust English Bibles and read only Hebrew Bible (and I presume you already knew Hebrew). That’s a very strange account, and hard to believe.

                1. You say on your web site (which I finally found; the link with which you signed in here doesn’t work):

                  My pater (spiritual father-leader, minister) was an apostle, and before he left, Christ in His sovereign glory appeared unto him, and gave him an understanding of the Baptism into the Cloud.

                  Can you tell us more about this person? To start with, what was his name?

  5. I will declare the decree: HAYAH hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

    Begotten – matured, to grow up under, raised up.

    “Therefore HAYAH himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good……And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the land.”

    “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

    Isaiah says plainly “He shall be called….not He is.” Everyone calls Him that, and He isnt. Read the context of the scripture surrounding this verse.

    “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David (earthly rule), and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of HAYAH of hosts will perform this.”

    “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of HAYAH….”
    That day has not come yet in flesh, as we see there was no “stubble, nor burning” when Joshua was on earth. You need to understand the Spirit of Prophecy, and not your own “interpretation.”

    “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”

    It is not up to any man to “interpret the Word of Hayah,” He already interpreted it.

    “Behold my servant (Joshua Christ), whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.”

    He is not HAYAH, or God.

    This is Hayah speaking of Joshua Christ, and True Christians:
    “But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted. I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven. If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.”

    If you keep not the law of Hayah, and His commandments which you dont, He will visit your transgressions upon you with the Rod.

    “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

    Joshua is my Brother, not God.

    “Who is the image of the invisible (not seen) God (so was Adam), the firstborn of every creature (New creation, not the creation that is now): For after him (the likeness of) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created after him, and for him: And he is before (in front of) all things, and by him all things consist (revolve around Him). And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning (Chief, primarily first), the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

    Nowhere in these scriptures does Paul state “He is God.” You need to understand the actual Greek language, not follow “translation and false interpretations.”

          1. No its not. He left it up for us to decide, or apparently you failed to read that part of the Bible too.

            “For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?”

            If you are within, I have every right to judge you.

              1. If you claim you are a member of Christ’s body, then I have every right to judge you, because Judgment starts first at the house of Hayah.

                  1. So in your eyes “Jesus Christ is Baal?” Wow. Cant get anymore blasphemous than that. Have fun in your delusion.

                    “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: HAYAH shall have them in derision.”

                    1. Wrong moron. The word “lord” means Baal. You are calling Christ “Baal.” May Hayah have mercy on your soul.

                  2. How many on here, have ever wondered why the Hebrew OT has never held the name of Jesus? We cannot (via centuries of research) find any text in the Hebrew OT that contains the name of Jesus? Why not? Here is another question? Why when you look up the name of Jesus in any dictionary, it comes back as Latin? Rome (during the days of Christ) were the only ones that spoke Latin. Was Jesus Latin? Next question. Jesus had to come from the Hebrew lineage of David, correct? To sit on Davids throne? So He had to be Hebrew. If Hebrew, He would have had an Hebrew Name. Rome was considered Gentile. So, if the “Masters” name had been Jesus (Latin) He would not have been able to attend any of the Hebrew feast days. It was against the Hebrew nation for any Gentile to come to the feasts, and celebrate as a Jew. Yet all throughout scripture, we find Jesus stepping into the Temple on feast days (also not permitted), when a Gentile would have been stoned for even thinking about touching “holy ground.” It was “unholy/blasphemous” against the Hebrew nation to name a Hebrew by any other name, than that which was Hebrew. So why the name “Jesus?” Jesus “supposedly” is to be the English translation of the name Yahoshua. However, Hebrew, and Academics scholars have proven that Joshua is the English translated of Yahoshua. So why are we holding to the traditional name of “Jesus,” when Paul makes it abundantly clear that you cannot be saved by this name? The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, and told her to call her son “Yahoshua.” So why are we calling Him “Jesus?” If you go back to the earliest manuscripts, the name “Jesus” first appears “in 325 a.d.” It is unfounded before this date. No scroll, neither etching is found containing this name. (This is where atheists have the problem.) Yet the name “Joshua” appears on numerous locations, etchings, writings, scrolls, yet is never attributed to “The Messiah.” Why? Because the Vatican has confused people so badly into thinking that the Messiahs name is “Jesus,” that most have overlooked the name of “Joshua,” or “Yoshua (as it is correctly pronounced and written in the Hebrew.)” The letter “J” has never appeared in any language before the 15th century. Therefore, “Jesus” could be His name either, as it would be spelled and pronounced “Iesous.” Which literally means “hail Zeus.” Sorry, but God would not have name His Son after a Roman Pagan god, which God Himself condemns, and threatens to destroy at all times.

                    Lets break this down, so all can understand this. When you take the Name of our Lord and Savior, Gods Christ, and translate it from the Hebrew (which His Name was, is, will always be Hebrew) into any language, you lose not only the “grammatical function” of the language, and pronunciations, but also the actual spelling, and alter the name itself. Lets see what happens when we take the Name of Christ, and translate it through three languages:

                    Hebrew – Yahoshua
                    Latin – Iesous
                    Greek – Iesus
                    English – Jesus

                    Now, lets see what happens when we translate the Name of our Lord from the original language, into English without “filtering.”

                    Hebrew – Yahoshua
                    English – Joshua.

                    If Peter said “There is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved,” then that means “calling upon Jesus?” Will not bring you to Salvation, as that is not Our Lords Name. The actual Name of the Lord is Joshua. How do we know this?

                    “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

                    Emmanuel is not found in the Name “Jesus.” It is found in the Name of Joshua.

                    Yah (God) osh (our) ua (Savior), or, “God is our Salvation.”

                    Emmanuel – “with us is God.”

                    1. How many on here, have ever wondered why the Hebrew OT has never held the name of Jesus?

                      There is no point reading past your first sentence, which is plainly false. Joshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus. It is well known in the Old Testament.

                    2. You moron, you do not hold to “names” in the same language. Neither does Hayah or Christ. He cannot be both Joshua, and Jesus. They contradict each other, and you follow Constantine.

                  3. http://www.eliyah.com/yahushua.html

                    “HAYAH AND YAHSHUA” are not translated in “every language.” But nice to see you choose to follow pagans.

                    “http://www.hiddenbible.com/jesuszeus/jesuszeus.html

                    http://www.biblicalresearchinstitute.com/lectures/lec1.htm

                    “‘Jesus’ is a transliteration of a Latin
                    name Ioesus, pronounced heysus –
                    which means NOTHING in Hebrew,
                    but in Latin it means ‘Hail Zeus’.
                    If Yahshua’s name had been
                    transliterated into our language,
                    it would have been closer to Joshua
                    (or Jehoshua)..”

                    Originally, the name of the Messiah
                    was , pronounced Yahushua
                    or (Yehoshua). This is the Messiah’s
                    original name. …the Messiah’s name
                    is actually the same name as Joshua,
                    Son of Nun… correctly pronounced
                    “Yahushua”. It is quite evident that
                    the modern form “Jesus” doesn’t even
                    remotely resemble the original name
                    that the disciples used.. This is a fact. ”

                    Read more: Why can Jesus be translated to mean “hail Zeus” | Answerbag http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/893344#ixzz1xd3eZtOm

                    1. “Iesous” was not, nor ever has been the “Greek word for Joshua.” “Iesous” literally means “Hail to Zeus,” which Hayah said He would never put His Name on any idol, nor would He permit His Name to be blasphemed and polluted, and you morons in one sentence have done it all.

  6. “Jesus” is supposed to be the Anglicised equivalent of the Greek Iesous but really, if it is, it is troubling to say the least. The English name “Jesus” stems etymologically from “Jupiter-Zeus” the chief god of the ancient Greek Olympus — the coded occult appellation evolving from “J-Zeus”… “J-sus,”… “Je…sus,” to “Jesus.” Some authorities, who have spent their entire lives studying the origins of names believe (and they are without doubt quite correct) that “Jesus” actually means (according to the rules of the Greek language) — “Hail Zeus!” For Iesous in Greek IS “Hail Zeus.” That is, Ie translates as “Hail” and sous or sus is Zeus. The Jesus of modern Christendom is nothing more than the Egyptian form of Jupiter-Zeus, Serapis.

    So, Tarsus is the “sweat of Zeus,” and other ancient sites also carry reference to the chief god of Mount Olympus (“Ephesus” etc). Thus, Parnassus was a sacred mountain in Greece; “Dionysus” the son of Zeus, was a Greek deity of wine; Odysseus was the Greek hero of the Trojan War, and rather surprisingly the pagan Greek god of healing was none other than Ieusues (a variant spelling of Iesous/Jesus).

    For those who would object, please refer to Professor J.C.J. Melford’s Dictionary of Christian Lore and Legend (1983, 126) and note that he is quite explicit when he comes to the subject. Notice it now:

    “It is known that the Greek name endings with sus, seus, and sous [which are phonetic pronunciations for the chief Greek god of Olympus] were attached by the Greeks to names and geographical areas as means to give honour to their supreme deity, Zeus.”

    “Jesus” was a Jew but clearly this name has NO meaning in Hebrew.

    http://www.biblicalresearchinstitute.com/lectures/lec1.htm

  7. What we have today is the perpetuation of rank paganism which swamped the church in the Constantinian period and has never left us. In fact, its become worse than ever. Whatever the case, the religious rot that was introduced into the church in the fourth century by the henchmen of Emperor Constantine is with us still. It was Constantine, we must remember, who called the Christians who refused to bend the knee to his form of Ba’al worship and “enter the [new] Catholic Church,” “Judaisers.” Indeed, he remained a passionate devotee of Helios (Ba’al the sun god) until the day of his death when he at last “converted” to Christianity.

    The “Jesus” of modern Christendom is nothing more than the Egyptian form of Jupiter-Zeus, Serapis. BRI has on extremely rare occasions used the name of “Jesus” because of its common use and familiarity. We also utilise the inadequate term “God” although it is actually derived from “bull’s penis.” (So much for some of the web sites we have visited which emphasise the vital importance of “sacred names” — almost making certain pronunciations a salvation issue — and yet employ this latter word in their literature and communications.)

    One must always bear in mind the truth, also, that for almost 1700 years the only name under heaven given among men for salvation was actually Yesu (in the Western church) which was almost “on the money” until the corrupt “Jesus” became popular about three centuries ago (give or take a few decades). That was to change with the revival of Messianic interests in the mystical Body of Mashiach subsequent to 1967. Some legalists of the Messianic persuasion would insinuate that no conversions took place for that entire period due to the mispronunciation of the “sacred” name. The thought is beyond facetious. It is utterly ludicrous in the extreme. Once we rediscover the truth, however, it is obligatory to then sincerely follow that truth.

    “God, or Theo” literally means “Bulls penis,” and “Jesus” is a combination of “Jupiter – Zeus,” or “Ju-Zeus.” To continue to use these names, not only is blasphemy towards Hayah (YHWH), but is nothing more than a provocation to stir up His Anger.

    The only reason for a person to utilize these names, and to forsake the Master of Glory, is for mammon purposes, and to lead His followers into pure paganism. And I quote:

    “How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; Which think to CAUSE MY PEOPLE TO FORGET MY NAME by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as THEIR FATHERS HAVE FORGOTTEN MY NAME for Baal (lord, Jehovah, Jesus, god).”

    Ba’al – H1168, 1167, 1166, a primitive root; to be master; hence, (as denominative from 1167) to marry:–have dominion (over), BE HUSBAND (see Romans 7:1-3), marry(-ried, X wife). from 1166; a master; hence, a husband, or (figuratively) owner (often used with another noun in modifications of this latter sense):–+ archer, + babbler, + bird, captain, chief man, + confederate (REBELLIOUS (see Psalm 83:4-8), + have to do, + DREAMER, those to whom it is due, + furious, those that are given to it, great, + hairy, he that hath it, have, + horseman, husband, LORD, man, + married, master, person, + sworn, they of. the same as 1167; Baal, a Phoenician deity:–Baal, (plural) Baalim.

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